Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Costume Design and Making with Foundation Year

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Course summary

From film to fashion shows, TV to theatre, all productions depend on great costumes to bring stories to life and capture the imagination of the audience. This foundation degree is largely based on practical work and during your time with us you’ll develop your skills in costume making, as well as showing the process, creativity and innovation behind your designs. Discover how to advance your career whilst learning from guest speakers and industry professionals, with a track record of success in the Costume Design industry. Split between our High Wycombe campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need for your future, all whilst studying right in the heart of the famous creative hub. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Dream of crafting incredible costumes for stage, screen or the catwalk? At BNU, we’ll help you develop the know-how you need to kickstart your career and bring your ideas alive. With London on our doorstep, you’ll be near the world’s best cultural centres, such as theatres, museums and galleries. We’ll help connect you with designers in and around the capital, and you’ll have the chance to showcase your work at our exhibitions. You’ll develop a strong portfolio of work that showcases your creativity to employers, learn from industry experts in top teaching facilities at the iconic Pinewood Studios. With our strong links with the industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. We will make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in fashion. With our focus on craftsmanship and skills, you graduate with a robust understanding of the sector. You’ll also benefit from our links with the National Theatre and the British Fashion Council. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry with live briefs and student design competitions. As well as the chance to join workshops run by other courses. Why not try woodwork, fine metalwork, 3D printing, or even ceramics to enhance your practice? By the time you graduate you will be able to design, create and bring stories to life with your costumes. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. What facilities can I use? We’ve spent a lot of love and care making our workshop the perfect creative space and one of the best-equipped workshops in the country. You'll be working on industry standard equipment, learning latest techniques and future focused methods of fashion craftsmanship. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software. What are my career prospects? The industry is constantly evolving to meet shifting customer values and new technologies. By the time you leave, you’ll feel ready to tackle the challenges employers face. With an impressive portfolio and sought-after skillset, you’ll be ready to work in a range of roles. Our BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Costume designer for the creative industries
  • Pattern cutter
  • Costume developer
  • Garment technologist
  • Studio manager or costume design coordinator
  • Film/theatre/performance stylist
  • Film illustrator
  • PR/marketing specialist.

Course details


Year one Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Year two Contextual Studies 1 Textiles for Costume Materials and Processes Design, Techniques and Concepts Year three Contextual Studies 2 - Research Strategies Live Project Professional Studies for Costume Design Independent Project Year four Contextual Report on Practice Professional Practice Final Major Project

Assessment method

Exploring the theory and history of art and design, we'll look at period fashion, costume design, textiles and more. Alongside this, you will embed yourself in practice through the exploration of materials, processes, design techniques, and digital software. Working in our lively studios, you'll explore 2D and 3D design, pattern cutting, manufacturing and illustration. Most importantly, you’ll learn what it takes to respond to different character briefs and how costume brings scripts to life. Because you’ll be taught alongside our fashion and textiles students, you’ll gain invaluable insight into the processes that support costume design. To put your skills to the test, we'll set you an industry brief. At the same time, we’ll develop your professional skills and support you to go on placement or undertake work-related opportunities. As well as our connection with industry specialists, we work with different producers, designers and organisations in the local area and London. For previous projects, we've collaborated with the V&A Museum and the British Fashion Council. We’ll challenge you to create a contextual report on your practice- as well as consolidate all your subject knowledge towards the creation of your final project and portfolio. Your portfolio of work showcases your best work and impresses employers in the creative industries. It might even end up in an exhibition or in our fashion show!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

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Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Costume Design and Making with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS